Learning languages

Baby learning sounds (© Flickr/Oleg Sidorenko)

Why is it that adults have such a tough time learning a new foreign language, while children and even babies put the rest of us to shame and learn fluency in no time. What can scientists learn from the way children learn languages in order to help tongue-tied adults learn better? We look at some of the latest findings, such as the way infants learn to separate sounds and words and keep track of sound sequences.

Producer: Laura Durnford

Broadcast: January 7, 2002